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Adaptation of Women to Climate Variability in the Southern Slopes of the Rumpi Hills of Cameroon
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages: 272-279
Received: Oct. 27, 2016; Accepted: Nov. 9, 2016; Published: Jan. 9, 2017
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Mukete Beckline, Department of Forest Management, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China
Sun Yujun, Department of Forest Management, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China
Samuel Ayonghe, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Ojong Loveline Etta, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon
Itoe Constantine, Ngoyla-Mintom Wildlife Reserve, Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Ngoyla, Cameroon
Tamungang Richard, Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Buea, Cameroon
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In this paper, we examine the vulnerability and adaptability of women along the southern slopes of the Rumpi Hills forest, Ndian Division of Cameroon. We used primary weather data and household livelihood surveys, to identify a broad range of climate variability that combine to create different adaptation and household livelihood outcomes. We used this information to explore the ways in which livelihoods have changed and adapted over a 38 year period (1976-2014), as well as considered the factors that have contributed to these outcomes. Using this approach, we assessed 858 women across six villages, our results showed decreasing amounts of rainfall, receding forests, increasing temperatures and water scarcity, and increasing costs of living. We also found that, despite adjusting sowing dates, adopting petty trading and changing cropping patterns, climate variability affects their livelihood strategies.
Cameroon Forests, Climate Variability, Vulnerability, Adaptation, Rumpi Hills, Rural Women Livelihood
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Mukete Beckline, Sun Yujun, Samuel Ayonghe, Ojong Loveline Etta, Itoe Constantine, Tamungang Richard, Adaptation of Women to Climate Variability in the Southern Slopes of the Rumpi Hills of Cameroon, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2016, pp. 272-279. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20160506.19
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